A stay in hospital can be a daunting time for anyone whether it is for a short or long time. But having someone with you can help you recover and make you feel more at ease.
Keeping in contact with friends and family is important to patients. It is recognised that a balance is needed between maintaining that contact and allowing for rest and recuperation. In response to feedback from patients, families and carers wards and departments have local guidelines about visiting times so please do check before visiting.
At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care.
We are here for our local population of about 675,000 residents across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire and care for many people beyond, including providing some tertiary services to a catchment area of more than 2m people.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
More information on visiting hospital for an appointment.
If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff. All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do.
If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.
There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
Last updated: 23 January 2020
However you feed your baby, it is important you receive good clear information to help you feel confident and reassure you that the feeding is going well.
Research shows that breastfeeding provides many benefits for babies and mothers, to find out more please visit the antenatal page to find out where you can access valuable information on antenatal breastfeeding classes and antenatal hand expressing.
If you have already had your baby and feel like you need extra support or information, whether breast or bottle feeding your baby please visit the postnatal page.
Whether you choose to breast, bottle or mixed feed your baby, please access this link Healthy Feeding Healthy Weight booklet for more information.
Antenatal breastfeeding classes are available throughout the area and are free to attend, but require booking.
Partners are welcome to attend as they can provide valuable support.
Please feel free to come along even if you haven't decided how to feed your baby.
We are here to share useful information to get you off to a good start.
Antenatal Breastfeeding classes are available at:
Queen Alexandra Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019 Parentcraft room, Maternity department, QAH, Southwick Hill rd, Cosham, PO6 3LY, tel. 02392 286000 Ext 4530
Queen Alexandra Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2020 Parentcraft room, Maternity department, QAH, Southwick Hill rd, Cosham, PO6 3LY, tel. 02392 286000 Ext 4530
North Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019 Parentcraft room, Maternity department, QAH, Southwick Hill rd, Cosham, PO6 3LY, tel. 02392 286000 Ext 38Breastfeeding 60
Portsmouth Maternity Centre Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019 St Mary's Health Campus,Milton rd, Portsmouth. PO3 6AD, tel. 02380 540777
Portsmouth Maternity Centre Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2020 St Mary's Health Campus, Milton rd, Portsmouth, PO3 6AD, tel. 02380 540777
Blake Maternity Centre Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019 Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury rd, Gosport, PO12 3PW, tel.02392 523651
Blake Maternity Centre Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2020 Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury rd, Gosport, PO12 3PW, tel. 02392 523651
Fareham Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019 Fareham Community Hospital, 233A Brook Ln, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, SO31 7DQ, tel. 01489 587444
Fareham Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2020 Fareham Community Hospital, 233A Brook Ln, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, SO31 7DQ, tel. 01489 587444
Have you thought about collecting your breast milk when you are pregnant so you have some stored for when your baby arrives? For more information to do this safely and when please speak to your midwife and click on the link below:
See below a link to Baby Friendly Initiative information sheet if you wish to bottle feed your baby to help guide you to do this as safely as possible, whether it is your expressed breast milk or formula milk.
Please follow the link below for guidance regarding vitamin D for yourself, baby and family.
Healthy Start Vitamins
Please follow the link below for information on healthy start vitamins.
Safe Sleep Guidance
Please follow the links below for information on safe sleep.
Useful links to support you with feeding your baby